Man­i­toba pre­mier bris­tles at ques­tions about us­ing wife’s email in Costa Rica

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — Man­i­toba Pre­mier Brian Pal­lis­ter is bristling at ques­tions about his use of his wife’s per­sonal email ac­count and cell­phone to con­duct gov­ern­ment busi­ness while at their va­ca­tion home in Costa Rica.

While gov­ern­ment records in­di­cate he didn’t com­mu­ni­cate with his staff each day, he says he was ac­ces­si­ble. Pal­lis­ter says if phone calls and emails are the mea­sure of ef­fec­tive­ness, Man­i­toba should have a teenager as pre­mier.

Last De­cem­ber, doc­u­ments show gov­ern­ment staff reached out to his wife, Es­ther, through her email ac­count while try­ing to set up a con­fer­ence call with Health Min­is­ter Kelvin Go­ertzen. Dur­ing a new con­fer­ence, Pal­lis­ter took ex­cep­tion to ques­tions about his wife’s ac­cess to con­fi­den­tial gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion, in one case ask­ing if re­porters were ques­tion­ing her in­tegrity.

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